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Adam LaRoche and the Nationals are “working toward an agreement”

Oct 26, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

Adam LaRoche

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke to Adam LaRoche about his ongoing contract talks with the Nationals and the impending free agent first baseman said “there’s nothing definitive” but “they’ve laid a little bit of the groundwork.”

LaRoche will decline his half of a $10 million mutual option following a strong bounceback season that saw him hit .271 with 33 homers and an .853 OPS after being hurt for most of last year.

LaRoche is 32 and not quite an elite hitter, but because the free agent market is weak for big bats he should have no trouble landing a multi-year deal.

“I would like to stick around for a few years,” LaRoche told Kilgore. “Whether that’s two or four, that’ll be up to these guys. I would like to stay. I haven’t changed my position at all since I made it clear I wanted to stay here. I hope they get it done.”

  1. themuddychicken - Oct 26, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Awesome. I’d anticipate his production in 2013 being somewhere between his 2011 and 2012 numbers. I hope I cast the net wide enough anyway.

  2. natstowngreg - Oct 26, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    Obviously, keeping around LaRoche’s lefty power bat, and good defense at 1B, will cost somethat more than $10M a year. Given the thin 1B market, it could take $15M a year to keep him, maybe a little more.

    Perhaps by the end of another 2 seasons, Anthony Rendon will be ready to start at 3B, with Ryan Zimmerman moving to 1B. Kilgore has speculated that this could be the team’s longer-term direction. If so, trying to sign LaRoche for 2 years makes sense.

    • dcfan4life - Oct 26, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      They also have expresses interest in moving Morse to first and sign another outfielder. If they know they can replace Laroche, whos leadership and bat and glove were all excellent this year, i dunno if he will get a 4 year deal from the Nats. Id like him to return, but if the Nats hold there ground we may have seen his last at bat as a nat.

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